DICKSON — A game with huge playoff implications is set for Friday at Ernest Moore Field when the Dickson Comets entertain the Long Grove Longhorns. Dickson (6-2 overall and 3-2 in District 3A-4) needs to win Friday and next week at Sulphur to sew up a playoff spot. The Comets won their first six games before dropping back-to-back games to Purcell and Plainview in district action. Lone Grove dropped its opener, but the Longhorns (7-1, 5-0) have won seven in a row. A win over Dickson will assure Lone Grove of its first-ever home playoff game. If the Longhorns win, next week’s contest at Plainview will likely decide the district championship. The district meeting will be a clash of differing football philosophies. Dickson is primarily a running offense with an occasional pass thrown in. The Comets are content to grind things out with their strong running game and move the chains. On the other sideline, Lone Grove plays a wide-open offensive scheme with a mixture of running and passing. Recently, the Longhorns have been putting up a lot of points and putting them up quickly. With what’s at stake, neither team is looking ahead to the final week of the season “This is a huge game for us,” Lone Grove coach Jeremy Turner said. “A win locks up a home playoff game. But the game is big for Dickson also. When you have two Carter County schools like this playing each other, it can be a pretty intense game. “In order for us to be successful, we cannot allow them to grind the ball down the field and pick up first downs. We need to have our offense out there as much as possible. They have a strong, ball-control offense, and it will put pressure on our defense to shut that game plan down. Our defense will need to step up and stop their excellent offensive line play and match their intensity.” Turner and the Longhorns are looking at this game as a must-win contest. “Lone Grove has never won eight football games in a row,” Turner said. “And winning this game would be huge if we can pull it off. We need this victory to ensure a top-two finish in the district and get a home playoff game. It is our goal to win every time we go out there. And this week is no different. We want to keep building on our success and getting better as the playoffs approach. A win tonight at Dickson will be huge for our team and for our community.” The Comets need a win tonight to guarantee a playoff spot. With Purcell and Sulphur still in the playoff picture, things could get interesting in District 3A-4 should Sulphur defeat Purcell. That would mean the game at Agee Field next Friday between Sulphur and Dickson would be for the final playoff spot. “This game is a big game for us at Dickson,” Comet coach Jeremy Reed said. “We understand that if we win, we are in (the playoffs). If we don’t, we still have some work to do. There are a lot of different scenarios out there. But we don’t want to depend on tie-breakers and situations like that. We want to win and celebrate making the playoffs.” Reed’s defense has a big job ahead of them trying to stop a Longhorn offense averaging more than 55 points a game during their seven-game winning streak. The answer, of course, is to control the football and make first downs. When Dickson’s offense isn’t on the field, the defense has held opponents to under 13 points per game. “We have to find a way to maximize our possessions,” Reed said. “It’s no secret that we need to hold on to the football, move the chains and keep their offense off the field. We cannot afford to turn the ball over and give them extra possessions. That will hurt us. A great defense on our part could be the answer to their great offense. We have to make first downs, keep the clock moving and score points at the end of our drives. The players understand the importance of this game, and they should be ready to play.” Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Ernest Moore Field.